Statistically, 2011 was the year of the hacktivist according to a Verizon report. The report, which analyzed 855 databreaches worldwide that occurred in 2011, concluded that more than 100 million of the 174 million records compromised was the work of hacktivists rather than those seeking profit. In contrast, only 3% of the attacks were traceable to known hacktivist groups, meaning hacktivism is responsible for the vast majority of compromised data. An executive summary of the report reads:
“The online world [in 2011] was rife with the clashing of ideals, taking the form of activism, protests, retaliation, and pranks.”
The report by Verizon also concludes that there is little evidence to suggest that storing data via the cloud makes the data any more vulnerable to attacks. Brian Sartin, Vice President of Verizon’s Research Investigations Solutions Knowledge team said in a recent CFOWorld article, “We’re seeing very little evidence of data breaches in the cloud … There’s a compelling lack of statistics for that.”
Is it imperative to put an end to hacktivism? Will the move to cloud storage help slow the success of groups like Anonymous and LulzSec?